Kayla is a New York City native and at a young age was given the opportunity to join the New York City Opera Children’s Chorus. At the New York City Opera, she performed in over 10 operas, including the 2002 PBS Live at Lincoln Center broadcast of Porgy and Bess. After leaving Lincoln Center, she became a member of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) where she sang in renowned venues both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Kayla joined the Actors' Equity Association as well as performed in various regional productions and national tours including PAW Patrol Live!
Renee (played by Kayla Leacock) is an HGTV magazine editor with a passion for environmental change. Leacock endears the audience to her plight as a top-level, woman-of-color executive who, like her neighbors, has her own share of drama. She struggles to get her employer to accept her vision of the direction to take the publication, but this need for acceptance goes much further. When confronted with the prospect of Diane possibly shacking up with Beth, Leacock unleashes a fit of jealousy cloaked by concern that dramatically underscores Renee’s need to be taken seriously, heard and, most importantly, loved. As with Beth’s character, she doffs her wig after her final interaction with Diane, a move symbolic of letting go of prior inhibitions and freeing the inner self. Leacock can run with the best of them as a housewife with issues and, being the one most concerned about the effects of climate change and receptive to Diane’s gardening ideas, Leacock’s portrayal of Renee’s pent-up frustrations to her eventual freeing is almost palpable. - Leonard Taub, TheatreBloom